Last night the Grand Rapids Drive continued their playoff push by defeating the Stockton Kings 135-112. Grand Rapids was honoring Ben Wallace with bobbleheads and a special jersey. Wallace, who is a part-owner of the Drive, was in attendance with Chauncey Billups.
— Grand Rapids Drive (@grdrive) March 16, 2019
Grand Rapids also wore special jersey’s to commemorate the event as Wallace prepares to enter the basketball Hall of Fame. The jersey’s were auctioned off after the game.
Here’s the special edition jerseys the Drive are wearing tonight. pic.twitter.com/9EFHZAjkV3
— Joe Truck (@Joe_Truck) March 15, 2019
The festivities drew a reported 6,319 fans to the DeltaPlex which is a team record. The only other games I’ve attended with a similarly looking/sounding crowd was when Brandon Jennings played a rehab game and in last seasons finale.
As for the game, Grand Rapids bounced back from their 5-game winning streak ending last time out to dominate the Stockton Kings. The game was back and forth in the early going before Grand Rapids went on a run in the middle of the second quarter to go into half-time leading 82-66.
Former Michigan State star and Pistons two-way player Kalin Lucas was on fire the entire night finishing with 38 points. Lucas likely would’ve scored more but played limited minutes in the 4th quarter due to the wide lead, he had 17 in the opening frame and 30 at halftime.
Johnny Hamilton missed the game with an illness but Adam Woodbury played one of his better games of the season.
The Drive will be back in action at the DeltaPlex on Monday night.